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Bishop Harry Jackson: Rehabilitate OU Fraternity Racist Chanters

By    |   Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015 08:17 PM

Any discipline for the Oklahoma college students who joined in a videotaped racist chant should not be strictly punitive, but also "restorative and corrective," says the African-American leader of a suburban Washington, D.C., church.

"What I mean by that is, what are we doing to help these students learn from what they've done?" Bishop Harry Jackson Jr., senior pastor at Hope Christian Church, told "MidPoint" guest host John Bachman on Newsmax TV Tuesday.

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"I'm for stopping these kinds of incendiary incidents from happening," said Jackson, founder and chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition. "But we should be modeling how to change the course, change the narrative, and help people like this come to their senses, take responsibility for what they've done."

The University of Oklahoma on Monday shut down the Sigma Alpha Epsilon campus fraternity, some of whose members were seen on video participating in a racist chant.

University president David Boren said a probe into the incident is underway and could lead to students being kicked out of school. The national SAE organization severed ties with the local campus chapter.

Jackson cautioned that it's easier for an institution like OU to just expel the culprits, wash its hands of them, "and say, 'That's not us; we're not like that,' versus really training the next generation."

Jackson also discussed President Barack Obama's speech on Saturday in Selma, Ala., marking the 50th anniversary of a pivotal protest march led by civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

While "great from a political point of view," the president's speech could have done with more of a road map forward, said Jackson.

"What wasn't covered … are next steps," he said.

Jackson said that education, economic development and criminal justice reforms also need to be addressed "if the racial divide that we're seeing manifest now is going to be healed."

"That was my only criticism," he said of the president's remarks. "It was a great speech."

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